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State announces new coronavirus vaccine distribution strategy for phase 2

Posted at 6:56 PM, Dec 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-29 20:00:13-05

TULSA, Okla. — A new distribution strategy is helping state health officials vaccinate priority groups more efficiently. The Oklahoma State Department of Health unveiled the plan Tuesday afternoon.

The plan is to increase access points to be available for larger population groups in cities across Oklahoma. Phase two accounts for more than 800,000 people in the state.

The state health department is initiating vaccination “PODS” or Points of Dispensing sites. The initial groups in phase two includes first responders and healthcare workers outside of hospital settings.

The 65 and older population will also be able to receive the vaccine in the coming weeks. But, that will depend on more information about vaccine availability.

The news of a vaccine couldn’t come soon enough for Tulsa business owners Marcy Cyter and her husband, Michael, who both fall under phase two.

“We want to know when it’s coming and where we’re supposed to go to get it,” Cyter said. “It’s scary. Everybody is scared and we want to get through this as quickly and healthy as possible.”

“PODS” will be raised in communal locations such as schools, community centers and fairgrounds across the state. Staffing and logistics is still being worked out with local health departments.

Additionally, an online scheduling tool is expected to go live in the coming weeks where priority groups can find a nearest pod to them and to schedule an appointment.

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